The best flea markets and end-of-summer shopping in New York

Shopping in New York reaches a fever pitch as seasonal flea markets, including Brooklyn Flea, end their summer runs.

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  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea

  • Photograph: Michael Kirby

    Brooklyn Flea

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Hester Street Fair

  • Photograph: Phyllis B. Dooney

    Hester Street Fair

Photograph: Michael Kirby

Brooklyn Flea

Shopping in New York is a year-round activity, but the best flea-market finds often emerge in the summer. Take advantage of the alfresco shopping season and visit Brooklyn Flea and the Hester Street Fair before they pack up. Plus, snag deals on seasonal wares at Fabulous Fanny’s and other local shops.


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Brooklyn Flea Market

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You have a few short weeks left to soak up vitamin D while sifting through vintage duds at the outdoor iteration of this much-loved market. The clothing-and-accessories-centric Fort Greene location still has excellent offerings from Baglady, which hawks vintage Tiffany & Co. baubles, clothing and dinnerware, in addition to purses. You’ll also be able to snag handmade pill boxes and money clips from Citybitz, plus quintessential warm-weather treats such as popsicles from People’s Pops. • 176 Lafayette Ave between Clermont and Vanderbilt Aves, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Sat 10am–5pm. • East River Waterfront between North 6th and 7th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Sun 10am–5pm. • brooklynflea.com

  1. The Williamsburg Waterfront 110 Kent Ave, at North 8th St
  2. Until Sun Nov 23
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Hester Street Fair and Hester Nights

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SuChin Pak and her cohorts continue to improve their three-year-old project with each passing season. We’ve been treated to boozy cupcakes from Prohibition Bakery and cooling ice cream from Dreamscoops—both of which we’ll miss once the LES mini-bazaar wraps at the end of October. Another 2012 highlight: Hester Nights, held on Thursday evenings (5–10pm) in the courtyard of the Eventi Hotel. Here, you can fill your belly with tacos from Oaxaca Taqueria, paletas from La Newyorkina and other treats as you wander from booth to booth. • Hester Street Fair: Hester St at Essex St. Sat 10am–6pm. Through Oct 27. • Hester Nights: Eventi Plaza at the Eventi Hotel, 835 Sixth Ave between 29th and 30th Sts. Thu 5–10pm. Through Oct 25. • hesterstreetfair.com

  1. Sun Apr 27
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Teen Vogue’s Back-to-School Saturday

The scent of fresh school supplies usually triggers a rush of panic, but Teen Vogue figured out a way to make shopping for class fun and easy on a scholarly New Yorker’s wallet. The magazine’s academic bash is an excellent reason to shop—score 20 percent off at select stores like American Apparel, H&M and LeSportsac; get a free Clinique beauty consultation; and stock up on school supplies with 5 percent off purchases of $25 or more at Staples. Even if you don’t have a homeroom to get to, our insider tipster says postgrads can sneak in on the discounts as well. • Visit backtoschoolsaturday.com for details.

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  2. Sat Aug 11

Fabulous Fanny's

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Bid adieu to longer days by treating yourself to a pair of old-school sunnies you can wear year-round. You may have  cat-eyes in mind when you walk into this eyewear and vintage clothing boutique, but the 40,000-plus vintage frames available will tempt you to at least consider a few alternatives. The myriad options are broken down by style and era (some specs date to the late 1800s), and prices range from an affordable $65 to a cool $3,000. If you’re looking for something flashy, consider blinging out your current pair with Swarovski crystals, or simply ask the staff to reshape them if you’d rather go the subtle route. • (212-533-0637, store.fabulousfannys.com)

  1. 335 E 9th St between First and Second Aves
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